Archive for the 'Lake County' Category

October 27, 2017

Childhood Hunger in Lake County

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

In Central Florida, one in four children is at risk of going to bed hungry. Sadly, hunger can dramatically impact a student’s ability to perform well in school and affect their interest in engaging with the world around them. Thanks to the National School Lunch Program, many students are able to access free breakfast and lunch during the school week. However, many of these students return to school on Monday with empty stomachs and are unable to concentrate on their lessons.

In 2016, Lake Cares Food Pantry, one of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s feeding partners, took over a weekend backpack program at Triangle Elementary School in Mt. Dora. Many of the families that access its main pantry have students who attend the school, where 86% of the students participate in the National School Lunch Program. Each week, Lake Cares provides 35-40 backpacks filled with peanut butter, jelly, bread, fruit cups, snacks and other non-perishable items.

The school recently honored Lake Cares for its support and partnership. The students presented Irene O’Malley with handmade cards expressing their gratitude. Irene was most impressed by the student’s understanding of hunger and awareness of how Lake Cares is here to help them succeed.

Learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank’s programs for kids: http://www.feedhopenow.org/site/PageServer?pagename=how#kids

Photos below courtesy of Triangle Elementary.

 

October 3, 2017

Important Information Regarding Disaster- SNAP

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

These benefits are only for those not currently receiving SNAP. Eligible individuals and families must have suffered a disaster-related loss, such as damage to their homes or self-employment property, loss of food, reduction or loss of income, or have incurred other disaster related expenses. Disaster-SNAP Application link and dates.

School lunch:

 

http://www.freshfromflorida.com/News-Events/Press-Releases/2017-Press-Releases/Adam-Putnam-Announces-Free-School-Meals-for-All-K-12-Students-in-48-Counties-Impacted-by-Hurricane-Irma

 

http://www.freshfromflorida.com/News-Events/Press-Releases/2017-Press-Releases/Incoming-Puerto-Rican-Students-Are-Eligible-for-Free-School-Meals

 

 

September 6, 2017

Top 5 Reasons to Join Our Agency Council

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Now in its 4th year, Second Harvest Food Bank’s Agency Council is ready to grow!

The Council is a group of committed partner agencies and Second Harvest staff who meet monthly to strategically discuss things happening at the food bank, at their agencies and out in the community.

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should consider joining:

 

#1 Be the First to Hear Food Bank News

Council members often learn about updates to programs like SNAP and TEFAP, and get sneak peaks at things like our new warehouse layout before they’re communicated network-wide. Second Harvest staff are regularly invited to present updates from their respective areas – past speakers include Greg Higgerson, VP of Development and Kelly Quintero, Director of Advocacy and Government Relations.

#2 Meet Other Agencies

We know that it can be hard to network with other agencies. The Council is the perfect place to get to know agencies of all shapes and sizes by providing an easy, nonthreatening way to connect with one another and to share common challenges and successes.

#3 The Open Forum

Ask us anything! Really! Each Agency Council meeting concludes with an “open forum” where we discuss whatever is on your mind. The only rule – if you talk about a problem or concern, you’ll have to offer a potential solution.

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August 6, 2017

New Beginnings for the Grays

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

After over 9 years of dedicated service, Erin Gray has left Second Harvest Food Bank. Many of you remember Erin as an Agency Relations Coordinator, Manager and your biggest cheerleader. Erin gave so much of herself to this mission and we will really miss her passion, infectious smile and joyful laugh. The Agency Relations Team as well as the Second Harvest Family are very grateful for Erin’s leadership, passion for this organization and her support for not only staff but for the Partner Agencies.

Erin and her husband Todd recently brought 2 beautiful children to Florida from out-of-state as foster, and soon to be adoptive parents. They have become amazing parents to 5 Year Old Autumn and 4 Year Old Jayden. This has been a dream come true for the Grays as they always wanted to start a family.

Erin Gray started at Second Harvest in 2008 as an Agency Relation’s Coordinator, and became the Agency Relations Manager in 2009. She instantly fell in love with the Second Harvest’s mission and vision and was thrilled to be part of the Second Harvest family.

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